When Hurricane Sandy was forecast in October 2012, people across the northeast stocked up on food and batteries. At Massachusetts General Hospital, clinical and administrative staff prepared for a storm that brought the region to a halt. It was the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history.
Mass General didn’t worry that the hospital’s 70 operating rooms would have the inventory required to continue functioning at a high level, or that other essential supplies were available. Owens & Minor, a leading healthcare logistics company and a regular visitor to Mass General, made sure of it.
“We had tractor-trailers standing by throughout New England in anticipation of the storm,” recalls Craig Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Owens & Minor, which is headquartered in Mechanicsville, Va., and has more than 40 distribution centers throughout the U.S. “We got all our orders out, including to Mass General, before and during Hurricane Sandy,” he adds.
Focus on Pediatric Care
Hurricane Sandy provides just one example of the service the company is known to deliver, in good weather and bad.
Owens & Minor also has a legacy of philanthropy dating back to when founders Otho O. Owens and G. Gilmer Minor established the company in 1882. The company is the largest and longest-standing corporate donor to the Storybook Ball, the annual fundraiser that supports MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).
“Owens & Minor has been great in how they’ve supported pediatric care at Mass General,” says Ronald Kleinman, MD, physician-in-chief of MGHfC.
Why pediatric care? “We listen to Mass General,” responds Mr. Smith, who regularly attends the Storybook Ball. “If it’s a priority for them, it’s important to us.”
Such generosity is consistent with a culture that has changed little since the early days. “In a way, Owens & Minor is still a family business,” Mr. Smith explains. G. Gilmer Minor, III, the company’s chairman emeritus, “likes to say we’ve ‘stuck to our knitting’ over the 130 years,” Mr. Smith adds. “We’ve grown through acquisitions, so the company has retained a local presence.”
“Owens & Minor has been great in how they’ve supported pediatric care at Mass General,” says Ronald Kleinman, MD, physician-in-chief of MGHfC. “The funding they provide has made so many of our programs possible.”
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